Volleyball players from the Youth National Development programme traded in their sneakers and kneepads for swimwear and sunglasses Saturday to compete in the Prince & Princess of the Beach.

The 10 players were neck and neck for the majority of the competition, but it was Andrea Tognazzo and Joanna Robinson who managed to break away from the pack and claim the titles of Prince and Princess.

“This beach event is a great opportunity for the youth players to apply the skills they’ve been working on in training while having fun in a friendly competition,” said Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation public relations officer Heather Thompson, in a press release.

“The ultimate goal is to develop well rounded volleyball players that can adapt their style play to work alongside any of their peers.”

Robinson said of her match, “Saturday’s games taught me self-discipline, persistence, and what it means to be a team player. There is no one-man team in volleyball, so I am thankful for everyone I played with.”

Tognazzo and Robinson will get a chance to defend their titles at the next Prince and Princess of the Beach, scheduled to take place on 14 March at Seven Mile Public Beach.

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